Driver who raped two women given 16-year sentence

Andrew Saggers jailed for 16 years after rape. Image from Sussex Police. SUS-141229-112001001

Andrew Saggers jailed for 16 years after rape. Image from Sussex Police. SUS-141229-112001001

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A Seaford man who raped two women in Eastbourne and Polegate has started a 16-year prison sentence.

Andrew Saggers, of East Albany Road in Seaford, was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday, December 19 having previously been convicted of the two rapes.

The 41-year-old delivery driver was known to both of his victims, who were targeted eight years apart.

The first rape, against a woman in her late twenties, happened at an address near Polegate in December 2006.

The second rape, against a woman in her late thirties, took place at an address in Eastbourne in May 2014.

Detective Constable Lisa Wells, of the East Sussex Specialist Investigation Unit, said, “The victim of the May 2014 attack came to us soon afterwards and as a result we were able to arrest and charge Saggers with that offence.

“While he was on remand in custody, we then traced the earlier victim, who had not previously reported the attack on her to the police. However, with her support we were able to gather evidence that enabled us to charge him with that crime too.

“Both women were very supportive of the prosecution, and gave evidence at the trial.

“This sentencing sends out the clear message that we will follow up all such allegations and wherever possible bring vicious offenders like this to justice, no matter how long ago their crimes occurred.”

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